Saturday, October 12, 2013

Los Angeles police dogs accused of being racist

A new report focusing on the Canine Special Detail of the LA Sherriff’s Department (LASD) has uncovered a vast increase in the number of minority individuals bitten by police dogs since 2004. And in the first six months of 2013, every single victim of a bite by a LASD dog was African-American or Latino. The data was published in a new report by the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, devoted to “advancing effective and accountable policing”. According to PARC records, the number of Latino individuals bitten by LASD canines went up 30% between 2004 and 2012, from 30 to 39 bites. The number of African-Americans bitten increased by 33% over the same period. Maybe the reason why blacks and Hispanics are the ones being bitten is because they are the ones committing the crimes?

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